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Multicultural Graduation Ceremonies

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) collaborates with student organizations, alumni groups, and other offices to organize multicultural graduation ceremonies that celebrate the accomplishments of students who have engaged in one or many of Columbia's diverse communities.

Dates and additional event information will be published below as details are confirmed.

Graduation Cord Presentation

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Presented by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the OMA graduation cords are given to graduating seniors in Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, and the School of General Studies who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to diversity, social justice, and multiculturalism through the OMA, campus leadership, community involvement, academic endeavors, and/or personal dedication. The deadline to nominate seniors for graduation cords is Friday, April 3, 2015, at 5:00 p.m.

Lavender Graduation

Wednesday, April 22, 2015
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Lavender Graduation is a ceremony that celebrates our graduating LGBTQ and allied students. First started at the University of Michigan in 1995, the ceremony is now conducted at hundreds of universities nationwide including Princeton, Duke, MIT, and NYU. The color lavender, adopted by the gay movement in the 1960s, is the main color of Sayville (Gayville), NY. Sayville is near Fire Island, where the veterans of Stonewall hung out. This history of New York is honored during the ceremony. Register here.

Asian Graduation

Monday, April 27, 2015
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Asian Graduation is an annual celebration recognizing the achievements of our graduating Asian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian American communities on campus. In collaboration with the Columbia Alumni Association and the Asian Columbia Alumni Association, we honor the legacies of heritages and histories, the voices that have individually and collectively impacted the University, and the invaluable network of shared strength and support among fellow Columbians – past and present. Register here.

Latino Graduation

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Latino Graduation has a long standing history within the University and is a celebration of the accomplishments of Columbia and Barnard Latino undergraduate graduates. Latino Graduation was first initiated by students who wanted the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and recognize the important role that Latino students have played in shaping the landscape of Columbia. Latino Graduation is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Latino Alumni Association of Columbia University, Columbia Alumni Association, Barnard Student Life, and the Latino Graduation Committee. Register here.

Black Graduation

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
3:15-5:30 p.m.

Black Graduation serves as an intimate gathering for family, friends, and members of the Columbia community to celebrate the culture and accomplishments of the undergraduate graduating class. This ceremony has a long standing history within the University and is a celebration of the accomplishments of Columbia and Barnard Black undergraduate graduates. Originally through the Black Students Organization, Black Graduation was first initiated by students who wanted the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments and recognize the important role that Black students have played in shaping the landscape of Columbia. Black Graduation is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Black Students Organization, Black Alumni Council, Columbia Alumni Association, Barnard Student Life, and the Latino Graduation Committee. Register here.

Native Graduation

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Native Graduation provides an intimate setting for family, friends, alumni, faculty, staff, and students to recognize the accomplishments of the graduates while embracing their new important roles as Columbia alumni. This ceremony is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Native American Council, and Center for the Student of Ethnicity and Race. Register here.

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